Thursday, October 02, 2008

The immorality of the willfully blind

Unless they believe this

they cannot say this:

... we believe that [Ahmadinejad's] public comments have moderated somewhat over the past two years. When challenged regarding his comments about "wiping Israel off the map," Ahmadinejad has said to us in previous meetings and, at last, in interviews with both CNN and the Los Angeles Times in late September, that he is not talking about a military solution. Rather, he supports the "one-state" solution, a political resolution in which Israelis and Palestinians elect a single government to represent both peoples.

Mick Hartley expresses his wonder:

A while back - say 20, 30 years ago - it would have seemed absolutely beyond belief that so soon after the Holocaust we'd have a leading politician, the President of a country with a population of over 70 million, a country generally agreed to be a major world player, coming out with this kind of stuff. But here we are, and here he is. Added bonus: they're well on their way to acquiring nuclear weapons.


At 2:11 AM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Mennonites are notorious for their anti-Israeli views. Like Ahmedi-Nezhad, they too would like the Jewish state to disappear, and also for theological reasons. The one-state solution is today's euphemism for destroying the Jewish state.

Like the Quakers and other pacifist Christian groups, the Mennonites have a history of publicly engaging with extremist anti-Semitic politicians, and providing them with respectability and sanitization. Their preferred methods are flattery and sycophancy. To aAhmedi-Nezhad, they say they "believe" the Holocaust happened, and in the same breath assert their Christian theological beliefs, thereby equating the two kinds of belief. If there is nothing morally wrong in non-belief in Christianity, why should there be anything morally wrong in non-belief in the Holocaust? In this way they remove moral turpitude from Ahmedi-Nezhad's Holocaust denial.

Furthermore the Mennonites (and they are not alone in this) distort the reality of the Holocaust by describing it as a tragedy rather than a crime. They thereby imply that the Jewish victims were players in a chain of events that were inevitable and unstoppable, and that the German perpetrators were also impelled by forces beyond their control. So the Germans were no more guilty than the Jews - all participants in a tragedy are equally culpable, after all.

The Mennonites are largely of German origin.


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